TWO burglars raided 13 homes in two months and stole more than £50,000 worth of jewellery and electrical items, a court heard.
Adam Morris and Richard Inman carefully selected their targets, many of whom were elderly and living alone.
Morris smashed doors or windows to get in and turned homes upside down, often while the occupants were out.
Miss Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said in one raid alone, on a home in Victoria Road, Bridgnorth, a Mercedes Sprinter van worth £17,000 was taken. It contained £5,000 worth of tools and other items and the pair also broke into the house to steal jewellery worth £7,000, the court heard.
Morris, aged 31, of Mount Road, Wordsley, Stourbridge, and Inman, 24, of The Brambles, Pedmore, Stourbridge, both admitted 13 charges of conspiring to burgle.
They pleaded guilty at a previous hearing and appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court for sentencing where they were jailed for a total of almost eight years. The pair admitted burgling a house in Pinns Green, Malvern, one in Willowfield Drive, Kidderminster, and a home in Sandbourne Drive Bewdley, all in November 2012.
The Shropshire raids started soon after, with two break-ins on the same day at properties in Love Lane, Bridgnorth, and another home in the town. The men moved back to Wyre Forest, breaking into homes in Broadwaters Drive, Kidderminster, and Belbroughton Road, Kidderminster. Properties in St John’s Avenue, Kidderminster, and Snuffmill Walk, Bewdley, were targeted in December.
Another four homes in Shropshire were also raided.
Mr Danny Smith, for Inman, said his client had managed to find work and was about to become a father.
“He has not benefited anywhere near to the tune of £50,000, far from it,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Paul Smith, for Morris, said his client committed the offences in a bid to pay off a drug debt but was now clean and wanted to start a law-abiding life.
Morris was sentenced to five years in prison and Inman to two years and eight months.